I am old enough to remember scores like Michigan 56, Wisconsin 0; Michigan 54, Wisconsin 0; and Michigan 62, Wisconsin 14.
So I very much enjoyed Wisconsin’s 49–11 hammering of Michigan Saturday night. In fact, I wish the Badgers had scored 70. Or triple digits.
Others did not. MLive, for instance:
Michigan’s report cards continue to regress this season.
While the Wolverines struggled against Michigan State and Indiana the previous two weeks, Saturday’s 49-11 loss against Wisconsin feels like the nadir of the season and possibly Jim Harbaugh’s tenure at Michigan.
Here are our grades for the Wolverines against the Badgers.
Joe Milton’s first two pass attempts were both intercepted, putting the Wolverines in a hole earlier. While he may earn a pass on the first one after it deflected off tight end Nick Eubank’s hands, there is no excuse for the second one. He also missed a wide-open Blake Corum on a wheel route in the second quarter that would be been a sure touchdown that could have gave Michigan some life. He finished 9 of 19 passing for just 98 yards before being pulled in the third quarter. Redshirt freshman Cade McNamara was brilliant on his first drive, delivering three dime throws on a 75-yard touchdown drive, but he completed just 1 of 4 passes after that for zero yards. It appears the Wolverines might have a quarterback battle on their hands. Grade: F
Michigan is badly missing its starting tackles Jalen Mayfield and Ryan Hayes. The Wolverines just aren’t getting any push up front, contributing to the team’s stagnant offense. Grade: F.
Michigan was held to under 50 yards rushing for a second straight game and is getting no explosive plays from the group right now. Hassan Haskins, Michigan’s leading rusher heading into Saturday, received just one carry for 6 yards. True freshman Blake Corum gained just 5 yards on seven attempts, while Zach Charbbonet had three carries for 21 years, including a team-best 14-yarder. Averaging 2.5 yards a carry isn’t going to get it done. Grade: F.
Wide receivers/tight ends
The group isn’t getting enough separation down field to give the quarterbacks some help. Michigan needs someone outside of Ronnie Bell to emerge as a consistent threat. Bell was the only pass-catcher with more than two receptions Saturday. Grade: F.